New Army Western HQ stands up to the elements while protecting environment

The new 3rd Canadian Division Headquarters at Edmonton Garrison.
The new 3rd Canadian Division Headquarters at Edmonton Garrison. This 8,159-m2 building is the consolidated headquarters for the 3rd Canadian Division Support Group, Joint Task Force West and 1 Area Support Group. It will also serve as a command centre for military operations in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

The new 3rd Canadian Division Headquarters at Edmonton Garrison is a building designed to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at it, while also protecting the environment it was built to stand up to. As a post-disaster building, the new headquarters at CFB/ASU Edmonton has been built to withstand earthquakes and other natural emergencies, while also achieving a high rating for environmental sustainability.

“They’re going to a beautiful new building that is designed to LEED Silver (standard),” said Skye Kaus, DCC Site Manager for the new headquarters for 3 Canadian Division Support Group, Joint Task Force West and 1 Area Support Group. “It’s an extremely well-built building…. it’s built to be operationally effective and environmentally friendly.”

That means including lots of natural light and occupancy sensors to reduce energy use, procuring local materials, using a white membrane roof material that reflects sunlight, and installing only low water flow fixtures. A LEED consultant worked with the project team throughout the construction process. It’s expected the building will exceed LEED Silver and may even be certified as LEED Gold standard.

On August 12, 2014, James Paul, DCC President and CEO (centre) with Defence Minister Rob Nicholson (second from right) officially opened the new headquarters building for 3rd Canadian Division.
On August 12, 2014, James Paul, DCC President and CEO (centre) with Defence Minister Rob Nicholson (second from right) officially opened the new headquarters building for 3rd Canadian Division.

It’s a particular accomplishment because the singular structure is effectively three buildings in one. The finished 8,159-square-meter facility will be home to three divisions that are currently housed in different buildings set some distance apart. The idea of sharing space may have taken some time to get used to, but with the building officially open, Kaus says the new tenants are excited.

“Usually each group wants their own stand-alone building—but they all liked it once they saw the design and saw that it has three different colour schemes,” said Kaus. This, along with some architectural detail, gives the building the look of three different spaces, while offering an integrated workplace for enhanced collaboration between the users.

“It’s been a long time coming, especially for the users,” said Kaus, noting that some have been in an aging leased building that wasn’t on Edmonton Garrison. “They’re very excited to move in.”

The project was awarded in July 2011 and personnel were able to start the move in by mid-August.


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